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Shortness of breath: Typically, patients with COPD have shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. Fatigue, decreased energy, and decreased ability to do normal activities are also quite common. Sometimes, patients can get dizziness related to the shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, definitely see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more
Equivalent: A nebulizer is used when the person is not able to use the inhaler properly. When used the proper way both deliver the right amount of medication. A nebulizer is less portable and takes more time to deliver (10 to 15 minutes), usually requires a power plug. An inhaler is very handy, fits in a pocket or a small purse. And then, there is personal preference. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have severe copd, my nebulizer meds no longer give me any relief nor do my inhalers, i also have pain in my upper rib cage area am i getting worse?
Possibly: At this point if your medicines aren't helping you breathe better it's time to start thinking about using medicines which are for relief of the symptoms of copd. These include benzodiazepines ( valium like medications) or even opiates (like oxycodone) since these are very effective at relieving shortness of breath. Talk to your health care provider about your symptoms and goals. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have asthma and copd, I use a nebulizer for treatment along with the albuterol sulfate solution. Is there a better solution to use to help me?
Proper treatment: In my opinion, contrary to others, these conditions should always be treated with inhaled steroid first and then add. This prevents inflammation and twitchy airways. In COPD there is bowing of midsize airways due to tissue destruction. This is helped with anticholinergics (thiotropium or ipratropium) this allows the rescue albuterol to get into the distal airways for rescue, more mainstay in asthm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Use as mucomist: Glutathione is end product of n-acetyl cysteine since glutathione gets degraded quickly you need the precursor. So for COPD use mucomist which is nac in liquid form smells like sewage so i prefer the capsule to avoid this. John hopkins univ did a critical care seminar and they are using nac for acute kidney failure too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are steroids and antibiotics always needed for a copd. exacerbation? Some people always take them, where as nebulizer helps me.
COPD breathlessness gets real bad. I do symbicourt, incruse and a nebulizer with no relief. Blood oxygen is in a he 90's. What more can I do or take. ?
See below: I would recommend having a follow up with your pulmonologist. You are on good medications. However, if you are having a flare up, you may need more acute treatment. If you are not, then you may need other testing done, such as an ECHO or maybe try pulmonary rehab. I would be happy to discuss further if you need more information. Hope you feel better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I think I have been misdiagnosed w/ COPD. Coughing, wheezing & short of breath almost constantly. Nebulizer not helping much & current dr WON'T listen?
I have COPD and am on an oxygen making machine set at 3 at night while i'm asleep, and have a neubilizer during the day..
COPD...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is typically due to smoking. If your oxygen level is low, supplemental oxygen is prescribed. A sleep test, if you haven't had one, would also rule out sleep apnea as a reason for low oxygen level at night. You may also need a 6 minute walk test to be sure you don't need oxygen with activity. A nebulizer is a way to take inhaled meds. Did i answer your ? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: One out of four people who have smoked 15 years 1 pack per day will develop copd. Once it is established it will continue to worsen although at different rates depending upon active smoking and genetic predisposition. Rate of decline depends on active smoking and genetics. There is no way to reverse COPD once it is established. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms...: COPD symptoms include shortness of breath either with activity or at rest, cough either productive of sputum or non-productive. Symptoms can also include weight loss and malaise. Symptoms typically occur after a significant smoking history. See your doctor for testing if you think you may have this incurable disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: COPD exacerbations are usually caused by a virus. Patients get more SOB, maybe cough more, have more sputum production and possible a change in their sputum color. More serious issues are a drop in oxygen saturations and increases in blood carbon dioxide levels. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
COPD...: COPD is diagnosed by clinical symptoms in conjunction with pulmonary function tests. Treatment usually consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Oxygen therapy is prescribed if the oxygen level is low. Smoking cessation is also essential to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
COPD: COPD is an acronym for a number of diseases that lead to progressive lung function loss, breathing problems, and disability in many patients at risk due to chronic inflammation caused by noxious stimuli-- like smoking. The stage of COPD is crucial in determining risk of premature loss of life and a pulmonary function test is needed. The more severe, the greater the risk potential. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends...: If you are allergic to cats you should avoid them since this can lead to bronchospasm and airway inflammation, causing a worsening of your symptoms. If you don't know whether you have a cat allergy, see your doctor since testing can be done and then advice can be more accurately given! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
COPD...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a slowly progressive, incurable lung disease usually caused by smoking. There are treatments that control symptoms and smoking cessation is a necessary component of therapy. See your doctor for both diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers